Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Research Whimsy

        Valentine's Day 
    I like February! What a month for love.  
    Here's 13 ways  to use the word  "love"
       The old fashioned courting couch evolved into a 1) LOVESEAT. Notice how it's curved so that the couple can converse, but can't sit too closely. 
    Oops, they must have gotten too close-- Here's the 2)  LOVE BITE..Okay, this needs no explanation. rawrrrr...   *
    3)  "LOVE APPLE."Now this is interesting. A love apple is actually a tomato. "A tomato moniker that originated in the 16th century when tomatoes from North Africa were known in Italy as pomo dei Mori, "apples of the Moors." That was transliterated to the French pomme d'amour . . . *
    4) LOVE IN TENNIS- Okay, I don't know why, but love in tennis means you haven't scored any points (0) (Not so promising in the romance world. lol ) *      
      5) LOVE CARD  In the United States, Miss Esther Howland is given credit for sending the first valentine LOVE  cards. Commercial valentines were introduced in the 1800's and became an immediate success                    
    6)LOVE SPOON- In Wales wooden love spoons were carved and given as gifts on February 14th. Hearts, keys and keyholes were favorite decorations on the spoons. The decoration meant, "You unlock my heart!"
          7)  We also have the LOVE SONG-- "Love Train"  a hit single by the O'Jays, written by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. Released in 1973, it reached number one on both the R&B Singles and the Billboard Hot 100 charts[1] 
      8) LOVE BIRDS-Can't leave out the love birds, so named because they are any of various small Old World parrots, especially of the genus Agapornis, often kept as cage birds and noted for the apparent affection between mates.
    "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight For the ends of Being and ideal Grace. ...I love thee with the breath, Smiles, tears, of all my life!—and, if God choose, I shall but love thee better after death." 
     * 9) LOVE POEMS -Sonnet 43- A Love Poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.   * 
    10) LOVE SICKBut no, there are those who suffer from Love Sickness     * 
    11)  The CELTIC LOVE KNOT is a symbol of eternal love. It conveys the intimate relationship between lovers. 
    12) LOVE LOCK- yes, it's a hank of hair. n. - A long lock of hair hanging prominently by itself; an earlock; -- worn by men of fashion in the reigns of Elizabeth and James I. 
    `13) LOVE STORIES-- My very favorite of course. Try a western romance and love a cowboy tonight.!

For more research whimsy, visit me @ Gem's Place. 

      Happy Valentine's Day everyone.
    I hope to see you next weekend when we're 
Spreading the Love  on another great author blog tour.


Alice Audrey said...

I love the Celtic love knot.

My list ishere

Gem Sivad said...

Alice, I checked out your collection of unlabeled nail polish, mismatched socks, photographs and philosophizing. I have to say I'm really impressed. Thanks for sharing your link.


Xakara said...

The courting couch will have to make an appearance in my next love story. It just made me smile too easily not to use it!

Happy TT,

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Savanna Kougar said...

Gem, that was such a fun creative list... love the love birds... oh, and that couch, I must use it also. And, of course, the Celtic love knot... and the love bites... well, yeah!

Mary Quast said...

What a LOVEly post! Happy TT!

Gem Sivad said...

Xakara and Savanna, the courting couch is one of my favorites too.

Thanks for stopping by.


Gem Sivad said...

Thanks, Mary. I ran across the Celtic love knot and the love seat and had fun looking for more.

Thanks for stopping by,